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Michael Joseph
"Lost and Found"

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Michael Joseph, Trip, 2015

Artist Statement
"Lost and Found" examines the souls of lost youth who abandon home to travel around the United States by hitchhiking and freight train hopping. Within a journey driven by wanderlust, escapism or a search for transient jobs, they find community in their traveling friends. They are photographed in public using natural light, in the space in which they are found.

Like graffiti on the walls of the city streets they inhabit and the trains they ride, their bodies and faces become the visual storybook of their lives. Despite the high of freedom, their lifestyle is physically risky and rampant with substance abuse. Often unseen and misjudged, they are some of the kindest people. As one states, "They will give you their time because time is all they have." And in some cases, in the family they have lost, they have found each other.

Artist Bio
Michael Joseph is a street and street portrait photographer. Raised just outside of New York City, his inspirations are drawn from the interactions and observations of people in city streets. He enjoys meeting and interacting with people who are most unlike himself and aims to afford his audience the same experience through his photographs. His portraits are made on the street and up close, to allow the viewer to explore the immediate and unseen.

Michael has been exhibited nationally, most recently in the Aperture Gallery (New York, NY), Project Basho Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), as well as the Light Factory (Charlotte, NC). He has lectured for Amy Arbus at the International Center of Photography (New York, NY) and portraiture classes at the New England School of Photography (Boston, MA). His portraits are held in the permanent collection at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. Most recently his project "Lost and Found" has been featured on CNN.com Photo Blog and displayed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA.







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